Hazel I. Holst, Plastic Surgery

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Hazel I. Holst, a former surgeon and associate professor emerita of surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, died of complications after surgery at Crozer Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania on April 9. She was 83 years old.

Dr. Holst was born in Minneapolis and earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota. She moved to Philadelphia to attend the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and graduated with a medical degree in 1958. She then trained in Washington, DC and Pikeville, Kentucky before beginning a four-year residency in general surgery at Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia, now known as the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

In 1964, Dr. Holst came to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) as a resident in plastic surgery and instructor in plastic and reconstructive surgical research. In 1971, she became assistant professor of surgery and assistant chief of plastic surgery service in the department of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1976, she attained the rank of associate professor of surgery. Her specialty was hand surgery and use of the microscope in the repair of the hand. Dr. Holst became associate professor emerita in 1997.

Dr. Holst was the first female member of the Plastic Surgery Research Council and the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery. She was also a member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American Medical Association, the American Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Society for Cryobiology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She served as a special consultant on the Surgical Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration and as treasurer of the Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

Dr. Holst is survived by her former husband, Merle Broberg; three sons, Richard, Robert and Chris; one daughter, Rebecca; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one sister.

A celebration of Dr. Holst’s life will be held on Saturday, June 20 at the Wyndham Alumnae House, Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.